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The Equalizer: An Ageing Action Hero And Not Enough ‘Sizzle’

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A remake of a 80’s TV series The Equalizer is familiar ground for Denzel Washington. The ageing action hero has been saving the world from bad guys since the beginning of his career, and his latest collaboration with director Antoine Fuqua is no different.

Robert McCall (Washington) works at a hardware store by day and sits amongst the crowds of a Hopperesque diner at night. Sticking to a routine is obviously a character trait and some sort of coping mechanism but when McCall meets prostitute Lena (Chloë Grace Moretz) his tightly wound world begins to unwind, and all it takes is 28 seconds. Continue reading

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2 Guns

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Do you know the saying: Never rob a bank across the street from a diner with the best donuts in three counties? Well Bobby Trench (Denzel Washington) and Marcus ‘Stig’ Stigman (Mark Wahlberg) do, so they blow up the diner! With this explosive opening scene 2 Guns sets the tone for an action filled summer blockbuster.

Bobby and Stig are a team, or at least they seem to be one. But when the bank heist goes wrong they soon discover that they are not who they said they were. Both are undercover, Bobby from the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and Stig is naval intelligence, and both are investigating a Mexican drug lord called Papi Greco (Edward James Olmos).

This is just the first twist of many throughout the film. However it’s not the plot that makes for good viewing but the relationship between the two main characters.

Like so many other “buddy” films director Valtasar Kormákur has paired an unlikely couple and created enough friction to keep the viewer interested. Combined with well-written quips by screenwriter Blake Masters and Wahlberg’s off–the-cuff remarks 2 Guns is entertaining, funny and, true to its graphic novel roots, a little violent.

However there are several flaws. Why does no one ever notice Bobby and Stig hanging around well-to-do suburbs in a very loud and obvious-looking Dodge? How did Stig’s commanding officer Quince (James Marsden) find out about the bank Tres Cruces? And what happens to the police without their donuts?

A bigger issue is Paula Patton. As Washington’s love interest and handler Deb, she may be very beautiful but she is neither a femme fatal nor damsel in distress and leaves the viewer wondering what she is doing in the film other than getting in the way.

But overall 2 Guns is entertaining and if you like a good ‘buddy’ movie in the vein of Lethal Weapon or Die Hard you’ll properly enjoy 2 Guns.

Flight

FlightAs you are presented in the opening scene with an older, hungover, yet still legendary Denzel Washington (Whip Whitaker),who has just slept with a visibly nude, attractive young lady named Katerina, you begin to realise that the title of this film, and the trailer for that matter, is not exactly representative of the entire plot that is about to unfold. Having said that, this is not a movie that is ever likely to find itself being featured on the in-flight entertainment of any airlines around the world, unless they have disturbingly witty owners who would find showing passengers a realistic air disaster to be an ironic barrel of laughs. Continue reading

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